The Finnish Defence Forces’ Logistics Command has submitted its Best and Final Offer (BAFO) to Eurofighter for the HX Fighter Programme.
The HX Fighter programme is aimed at replacing the airforce’s Hornet fleet.
In February last year, the Finnish Defence Forces’ Logistics Command received responses from five fighter manufacturers to the revised request for HX Fighter jet replacement programme quotation.
The Eurofighter consortium is supported by defence contractors such as Airbus, BAE Systems, Rolls Royce and Leonardo.
UK Defence Procurement Minister Jeremy Quin said: “This once-in-a-generation opportunity would allow Finland to be part of Europe’s largest defence collaboration programme, working to strengthen aerospace, defence and security in the region.
“Drawing upon the shared military and industrial benefits it brings with it, the Eurofighter proposal will deliver Finland the ability to independently operate, maintain and control its own aircraft.”
The request for BAFO concerns the multi-role fighters and their related systems and weapons, including US’ Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin F-35, France’s Dassault Rafale, the British Eurofighter Typhoon, and Sweden’s Saab Gripen.
Deadline for the finalisation of these tenders is 30 April.
Meanwhile, the government will decide on the procurement by the end of this year.
The US Navy’s F/A-18 E and F Super Hornet maritime strike attack aircraft was manufactured by Boeing
Eurofighter CEO Herman Claesan said: “Eurofighter offers Finland and its industry unprecedented access to technology and capability that will ensure sovereignty, create and sustain highly skilled jobs and deliver prosperity.”
Last year, Eurofighter partner nations pledged to invest in technology that will keep the fighter’s combat capability at the forefront of competition into the 2060s.
The UK has committed to invest in finishing a new and advanced electronically scanning radar.
In May 2018, the UK Government and BAE Systems received an invitation to participate in a tender as part of Finland’s HX fighter programme.